Now a film, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” by George Carey, and a book, “The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers,” by George M. Young, make Russian Cosmism much more accessible to a Western audience.
To the self-righteous, boring New Atheists, I wish to counterpoint the smiling (or perhaps smi2ling followers of Timothy Leary’s transhumanist vision), science-oriented New Believers.
Ben Goertzel gave a talk in Teleplace on his recent book “A Cosmist Manifesto: Practical Philosophy for the Posthuman Age” on Sunday September 12, 2010.
I recommend watching the one-hour film Knocking on Heaven’s Door, by George Carey, aired by the BBC in 2011, to all space enthusiasts interested in the history of the Russian space program and our future out there in the universe. The film zeroes in on the powerful role that religion can play in advancing radical scientific visions.
Editor’s note: Khannea Suntzu has written a brilliant parody of the Ten Cosmist Convictions, titled “Ten Cosmicist Convictions.” For the non initiated, Cosmicism is the literary philosophy developed and used by the American writer H. P. Lovecraft in his weird fiction. While I urge Khannea to drink some hot chocolate (they say it improves mood), I am persuaded that our big universe contains things like angels but also things like Cthulhu. I prefer angels of course. Continue reading Ten Cosmicist Convictions, by Khannea Suntzu
Cosmism, in its modern version formulated by Ben Goertzel in his wonderful book A Cosmist Manifesto, is my personal philosophy. Two very interesting recent discussions on the KurzweilAI Forums, “Why New Agers will never accept Terasem” and “Cosmism, Terasem etc. – what is the missing ingredient?,” have interesting thoughts on how to make it more appealing and popular.
Singularity Weblog | Giulio Prisco on Singularity 1 on 1: The End Is Not The End, by Socrates: “During our conversation we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how Giulio got interested in transhumanism and the singularity; the inspirational role of science fiction in general and Arthur C. Clarke in particular; the many definitions of the technological singularity; transhumanism and why he is a singularitiarian who doesn’t believe in the singularity; happiness as the ultimate motivation; religion, spirituality, unreligion and science; the Order of Cosmic Engineers; The Turing Church; hope and resurrecting the dead.” Continue reading Giulio Prisco on Singularity 1 on 1: The End Is Not The End
Recently on Facebook a friend asked: “Hey, atheist friends, I need your help. I would like to listen and read what do you do when you lose somebody who you loved? I have tried several ways to ease the pain, but it is still there.” He addressed his atheist friends because evidently he didn’t want to hear about a supernatural afterlife. I took the liberty to offer my vision of a natural afterlife following technological resurrection, based on science and engineering.
On Saturday, July 14, 2012, in London, I will give a talk on Turing Church unlimited – Transhumanist Religions 2.0, organized by David Wood and the London Futurists Meetup group. The talk is free to attend – no charge. I look forward to seeing all my friends in the area, and meeting new friends. Continue reading Talk on Turing Church unlimited – Transhumanist Religions 2.0, London, July 14, 2012
Hugo de Garis, author of The Artilect War, agrees that our cosmic destiny is to transcend biology and build/become “Artilects”, but thinks that flesh-and-blood humans (the “Terrans”) will resist and wage bloody wars against those who want to move on (the “Cosmists”). De Garis fears that “species dominance” wars may result in billions of deaths, and perhaps he is right. Continue reading The first Terran shots against the Cosmists
Here is my presentation on The Turing Church of Transcendent Engineering at the 2012 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. The conference was held on 6 April 2012 from 9am to 5pm at the Salt Lake City Public Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
I watched George Carey‘s film “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” aired by the BBC last year on the 50th Yuri’s Night. The one-hour film is recommended to all those who are interested in space, the history of the Russian space program, the amazing beautiful philosophy known as Russian Cosmism (and, more recently, just Cosmism), our place and future in the universe, technological immortality and resurrection. Continue reading Knocking on Heaven’s Door — Russian Cosmism, Transhumanism and Space Exploration